Teen decides silence can be golden for early kids' charity

ALSTONVILLE teenage actor Nicholas Hamilton has announced he will be going silent for five full days to help raise funds for the Summerland Early Intervention Program in Lismore.

From 9am Monday September 29 to 9am on Saturday October 4, the 14-year-old award winning actor has pledged not to talk.

SILENT RUNNING: Alstonville teenager Nicholas Hamilton, 14, will be going silent for five full days to help raise funds for the Summerland Early Intervention Programme in Lismore.
SILENT RUNNING: Alstonville teenager Nicholas Hamilton, 14, will be going silent for five full days to help raise funds for the Summerland Early Intervention Programme in Lismore.

The money raised will go towards supporting children with delayed development and/or disabilities and their families.

Nicholas said he chose to go silent for five days because talking was something that meant a lot to him, particularly as an actor.

"I wanted to give up something that is necessary to me rather than something like my phone or another materialistic items like that," he said.

"Children with disabilities can't or have trouble doing what we take for granted every day and I find that really inspiring and amazing.

"I do think it will be a challenge but why do something that I think it's easy to live without when you're getting people to put money into it."

Nicholas said he has been involved with fundraising and non-profit organisations all of his life and wanted to give disabled children a chance at more opportunities.

"I chose SEIP as my charity because I have an auntie who went there as a child and now she's happily married and she has a job at The House with No Steps," he said.

Nicholas has recently returned from filming in the US for Captain Fantastic in which he will star as one of Viggo Mortensen's (Aragorn in Lord of the Rings) six children.

He said he loved working on set and "got on like a house on fire" with his fellow cast members.

"This year has been beyond my wildest dreams having been in two major films with such great actors like Viggo Mortensen, Frank Langella, Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes.

"But who knows what 2015 will bring?"

The Summerland Early Intervention Programme assist by providing play-based education and therapy programs to assist in overcoming areas of delayed development in children from birth to school age. Click here to donate.



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